CanI be I fired from a job for being to short?

I was working for a company from the middle of May until the end of August and had no problem. However I was put in a different building and the station that they put me at was over my head and wide and I had a hard time reaching it. Between my shoulder blade was hurting and the next day and I asked not to do the job that day They fired me and told me that I had to be able to work all stations. I ask to be moved to another department and I was told that could not be done.

Asked on September 10, 2010 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You should speak with an employment attorney. As a general matter, there is no legal protection for height under either federal or state law, so a question may be whether, or employment purposes, being short is considered a "disability," which is protected from discrimination. (Note: in the absence of specific legal protection, an employee may be fired for essentially any reason.) If being short would be a "disability" for this purpose, then the company would be required to make reasonable accomodations. Since many lawyers will provide a free initial consultation, I recommend you speak with an employment law attorney who will do so, to see if  you might possibly have a legal claim worth pursuing. Good luck.


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